Steps to Create a Union Where You Work
A union is simply a worker company–protected by law–by which a group of workers joins together to improve and ensure their salary, benefits and working conditions. A marriage gives employees a means to achieve equity and respect to affect employer decisions on the job and a stronger voice. Without a union, companies have 100% control.
By linking together you will have far more energy to create positive adjustments and gain protections in your workplace than you would alone or with a just a couple co-workers. Though issues and work settings vary, you can count to create a marriage where you work. Here are the steps of unionizing process to get started.
STEP 1: Know Your Legal Rights
Before you begin, you should learn about your legal rights to make a union. The National Labor Relations Act gives workers the right to:
• Attend meetings throughout non-work time to discuss joining a union
• Talk about the union whenever another talk that is non-work is allowed
• Read and distribute union literature provided that you can do this in non-work areas during occasions like breaks, lunch hours or before or after work
• Sign request or a card to show support for a union
• Ask other employees to support the union, to sign cards or petitions requesting your employer
STEP 2: Gather Information
Next, you will want to gather information about where you work. What are the problems confronting your co-workers? Any themes. For example, is there a need for pay equity or to finish unfair treatment. In researching the concept of a marriage do discuss your interest. Just how much do you know about the industry your company’s structure, and rivalry. Are there any in your industry? How are you going to contact your fellow employees? Who’ll be allies and your friends in the arena or the area? These are just a few of the questions you will need to answer. An OPEIU organizer can help provide the resources you will need to lay a great foundation to construct a strong marriage.
STEP 3: Construct Your Own Union
Efforts to form a marriage vary depending on the workplace but OPEIU believes the most successful means to create a union workplace is for workers to take responsibility for the process themselves. The OPEIU organizing staff can help you make a plan which is reasonable for you and your co-workers.
You’ll want to create a representative group of coworkers, usually known as an “Organizing Committee” to make sure your attempts to make a union succeeds. The Organizing Committee motivates co-workers to take action with confidence educates employees about your rights under the law and the benefits of unionizing, and helps plan a winning approach.
STEP 4: Make Your Union “Official”
As soon as you’re in a position to reveal strong majority support for creating a marriage, usually throughout the signing of “authorization” cards or a request, the next step is to make your union official. There are various ways. 1 common method is to request the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), that will be a neutral government agency, to hold a secret ballot election. Depending on the state employees might have their particular state agency conduct an election. Another way to gain union recognition is to get your company recognizes your union. OPEIU organizing staff can help you select which method may be best for your circumstances.
Now, you could be asking, “What will my company say to workers forming a union?” The employer will say that you don’t need a marriage because he/she will not want to give up any control or power. Your co-workers and you will need to be prepared for what to expect when your employer learns about your own steps.
STEP 5: If You Win, You Have To Negotiate a Contract
When you win, you still have a union – but it is not in total drive (nor do you pay dues) before you and your coworkers negotiate a contract which sets out working rules, pay scale, benefits, and guidelines. This needs solidarity and challenging work. Winning the election means nothing if you do not push the boss to sign and your colleagues.
If you act as an organizer, the job is made rewarding once you meet people of immense fortitude and courage who move through this process and come out with a robust and productive union. This is a true example of grassroots change – bringing about a progressive movement towards a working office – be it a factory, hospital, restaurant, office or any other time of the company.